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On Pastor Katie's Mind...


November is a month of remembrance and thanksgiving. “Remember” and “Give Thanks” are themes that will flow through our worship services throughout the month. We begin with the Feast of All Saints on November 4th and we will honor and remember people who have passed and remain witnesses to us in our lives. We will be in company with the saints, recognizing that each of us stands on the shoulders of those who have walked before us and who have taught us what it means to love, what it means to be human, what it means to struggle against the forces of evil and hate in this world. Because of the witness of those before us, we can find the courage and strength to continue on together. We will remember this month that we do not walk alone, we walk in communion with the saints. And this is a wonderful claim and promise that we have.

I say this with the background of a horrifying week in our country. The beast of violence, rooted in our nation’s allegiance to white supremacy, has reared its ugly head again. We are carrying a heavy load of grief this week as we continue to mourn the 11 Jewish lives lost during services at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. We are mourning the shooting of two African Americans in a grocery store after a shooter’s failed attempt to enter a church of Black worshippers. We are disgusted by the violent rhetoric from top leaders in our country who think that more violence will solve our problems, by giving more people more guns, “bringing back" the death penalty (as if it ever left) and further militarizing the border. Meanwhile, we see the plight of immigrants who are journeying nearly 2,000 miles, risking their own lives for a chance at life and safety in the north. 

As people of faith, we will continue to stand up against all of these forms of violence in our country, and we will renew our dedication to the work of fierce love. We will stand together in communion with the saints proclaiming and acting in ways that testify to these truths: Love is stronger than hate. Life is stronger than death. Even when proclaiming such things sounds like a bunch of hogwash and couldn’t feel farther from the truth, our ancestors in the faith believed otherwise and taught us to stand in this truth despite evidence to the contrary. 

I invite you today and this month to a time of remembrance and thanksgiving. Remember the saints. Remember the witness of those who have passed. Remember those who help us to stand in the truth that “life is stronger than death.” Together at Tab, we will continue to offer gifts of life and love to our neighbors in our words and our actions. Don’t underestimate the value of the gifts of life and love that you offer.  These gifts—even if they seem insignificant—are contributing to the slow overturning of this violent world. 

In Peace and Love,


-Katie 

A Note from Pax Ressler, TAB's Minister of Music

I'm excited to tell you that there are lots of ways that you can be involved with music at TAB! Consider singing with the TAB Songleaders, a group that rehearses before select Sunday services to add beauty and leadership to music and worship. This group helps the congregation learn new songs and enhance our music. If interested, there is absolutely no obligation to sing every Songleader Sunday—only when it works for you! Reach out to me with your interest and I'll make sure you are included in the email invitations. 

If you're an instrumentalist or vocal soloist, your gifts are very welcome in Sunday morning worship. Do you have interest in playing prelude and offertory? Playing or singing with me on songs or special music? I'm grateful for your gifts and would love to find ways for you to share them with the TAB community. 

To contact me about these opportunities or to ask questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Pax (they/them) at paxressler@gmail.com. Thank you!

 
Council Corner
 
The meeting was opened with devotions by Katie  playing the song “Living Hope” by Phil Weikham. The same song that Marquis Conrow sang to open our service on 10/07/18.  A very inspirational song.
 
We then proceeded to team reports. The nominating team suggested increasing the size of council by adding one member to each class of 4. This would increase council size and increase input and participation of the congregation. Nominations are also being prepared for the next class at this time.
 
The welcoming committee has been experimenting with having a committee member at the greeters’ table on Sunday morning to help visitors feel even more welcome. The committee is also trying to improve our social media presence, which is an on-going process.  A suggestion was also made of having a special signboard in front of the Tab, with inspirational, clever, or humorous sayings that change weekly. The purpose would be to stimulate interest and curiosity in our church of people passing by, or walking by TAB.
 
Progress is also being made on our capital campaign projects. Presently the cost of improving our elevator could exceed our previous estimates, but meetings have been held and problems are being addressed. Bids are also being secured on air conditioning the community room and the rooms on both sides of the community room. The side rooms are proving to be somewhat more difficult, but these problems will be worked out.
 
Andy Lee then came to the meeting along with Russ Baldwin to make a recommendation about the roof of our church. They presented a proposal from Kurtz Construction Company, which had 2 parts. The first part was for $8,400.00 of repairs which are immediately required because of leaks in the Iron Gate Theatre’s portion of the building. The second part was for $4,100.00 in repairs that should be done as a preventive measure but could be delayed. Council reasoned that the preventive work was worth the expense to avoid a possible later increase in cost, and approved the entire proposal.
 
Andy Lees also informed council that, after 35 years of being the point person on issues of building and maintenance for TAB, he is stepping down and passing the torch to Russ Baldwin and Barbara Purdom, who will be the new co-chairs of the Building Team. It is hard to think of a way to adequately thank Andy for all he has done for TAB over the years.
 
Lastly, council had a discussion on mission partners. Council feels that it is time to revisit current partners and create criteria for new partners.  Many suggestions were made and more discussions will be held in the future, and input from the whole congregation will be greatly appreciated.

What's Happening at Tab...


Special Offering, November 4th: On Sunday, November 4th, Tabernacle will be collecting the Neighbors in Need offering, a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ. Please consider giving generously on November 4th. 

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is an offering that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. 


Clothing Closet Needs. Now that the weather is turning cold more folks are stopping by in need of warm clothing. We'd like to invite you to consider donating items for the clothing closet. To be of the most help to those in need, we'll be accepting the following: new socks, new undergarments (for men & women), t-shirts (short and long-sleeved, L-XXL preferable), thermal layers, hoodies, sweatshirts, backpacks or cloth bags, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste/brushes. 

Outreach Thank You! To everyone who came and smiled, stood and chatted, or prayed for those we would meet at Outfest or the Philadelphia Family Pride Conference—THANK YOU! It is so good to be the church out in the world. There are so many people who are hungry to hear the good word of God's great love for them. You are God's hands and feet—and God's smiles for a world that really needs them. We met so many folks (some of whom have dropped into a service or two!). Our next opportunities will be in the spring, so stay tuned. If you've been shy or too busy, Outreach would like to challenge you to give it a tryyou might find out how much of a blessing it is. And, special thanks to Jim Gerhard for making all of our swag! 

Bible Study. The group meets at 5:30 pm in the Community Room.  Dates and scriptures for this month are November 7 (Ruth 3:1-5, 4: 13-17;  Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44), and November 14 (1 Samuel 1:4-20, Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8).

Inviting all young adults and the young at heart!  Join us for:
Love Your Park Fall Festival Service Day
Saturday, November 10
10 am – 1 pm
Under the Walnut Street Bridge
Love Your Park is a biannual event that cleans, greens, and celebrates Philly’s parks. We will be removing invasive plants and litter, so wear comfortable clothing & shoes. All of the tools necessary to complete the work will be provided. If you plan on attending this cleanup, please email Nick Roland or heather.saeger@srdc.net. See you on the Banks!
Opportunities to Engage with Mission Partners
  • Ever needed a quick summary of what the Bible does NOT say about sexuality..that everyone thinks it does? The incarnation Institute has a IISF Resource Sheet for you called "Seven Sexual Prohibitions that are NOT in the Bible." Check it out here https://www.incarnationinstitute.org/resource-store

Important Dates
  • Nov 4 - G(reet)E(at)M(eet) Potluck - No Tab.Edu scheduled, 11:45 am.
  • Nov 4 - Neighbors in Need Special Offering
  • Nov 7 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Nov 10 - Love Your Park Fall Festival Service Day, 10am-1pm
  • Nov 11 - Congregational budget review meeting – No Tab.edu scheduled, 11:45 am
  • Nov 14 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Nov 18 - Tab.edu, discussion of Lynn Denton’s Screenplay for The Milliner, 11:45 am
  • Nov 25 - Tab.edu, continued discussion of Lynn Denton’s Screenplay for The Milliner, 11:45 am
  • Nov 26- Submission Deadline for December Newsletter
Tab.edu: November 2018

November 4: G(reet)E(at)M(eet) potluck Sunday—No Tab.edu scheduled.
 
November 11: Congregational budget review meeting – No Tab.edu scheduled.

November 18 and 25: Discussion of Lynn Denton’s Screenplay for The Milliner. Author/artist Lynn Denton’s screenplay The Milliner, which she hopes to direct as a film, is about a young woman and her friends who lived in the Deep South 100 years ago.  It is loosely based on her grandmother, who grew up in South Georgia and went to Atlanta in 1910 to become a hat trimmer.  The story has a lot to do with establishing relationships among black and white women during the Jim Crow era, and Lynn is curious (and appreciative!) of what the feedback will be from our diverse Tab community.

Prior to the two EDU sessions, Lynn will provide for review selected passages of the script to interested folks.  Copies of the novel/novella based upon the screenplay will also be available for purchase at the gatherings.

 
Tab.edu meets from around 11:45am-1pm. If you have ideas or suggestions for future Tab.edu sessions or series, please contact Deb Ahrens.

November Service & Bulletin Roles
 

November Supporting Roles
 


November Communion Rotations
 

Tabernacle Church  Staff

Ministers ……………..........................................................................................................................TAB congregation
Pastor ………...…..........................................………......…..…………….......................................Katie Aikins (she/her)
Minister of Music …...............................................................................………….........…........Pax Ressler (they/them)
Sunday School Teacher............................................................................................................Nathalie Cerin (she/her) 

Nursery Caregiver ……...................................................................................…………………….Lisa Jacobs (she/her)
Office Manager….................................................................................…..........……….............. Chelle Bruhn (she/her)
Sexton ……………………............................................................................................……….. Patrick O’Brien (he/him)

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